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This Week's Hottest Events: Summer Beer School, Bastille Day, & More

Food from Bouchon Yountville's annual Bastile Day festivities 

7x7 editors reveal the hottest events going on this week and give you a head's up on tickets to grab in advance (before they sell out)!

Tuesday: Beer School at 21st Amendment 

Summer school is in session this week from 7-9 pm at 21st Amendment for a little brew education. Founders Nico and Shaun are pretty passionate when it comes to educating the masses about the history and craftsmanship of making a good beer, so they're bringing suds aficionados from 21st Amendment and other prestigious guest breweries to the "classroom" to tutor beer illiterates and enthusiasts alike on the finer points of the craft. Tuition includes cask beers and food pairings. 7–9 pm, 563 2nd St. 

Tuesday: Lunchtime Outdoor Twister Party 

Round up your coworkers, take a break from the office, and play classic mid-century games like Twister, Trouble, and Operation at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Presented in conjunction with their exhibition Project Mah Jongg, there will be a game cart on Jessie Square Plaza every Tuesday this month. Feel free to let your nostalgia go wild. 12–1 pm, Jessie Square Plaza.

Saturday: Beast Crawl Literary Festival in Oakland 

Uptown's third annual free literary crawl features more than 100 writers appearing at some of the Town's best galleries, bars, restaurants, cafés, and storefronts. Each leg of the Beast lasts one hour, and offers as many as a dozen readings to chose from. There’s a half hour break between literary legs for socializing and relocating to a new venue before the next reading begins. Oh, and the event name derives from Pig Latin for Beast. You'll figure it out. 1st leg: 5–6 pm, 2nd leg: 6:30–7:30 pm, 3rd leg: 8–9 pm, 4th leg (+ after party): 9 pm–2 am. Check out the venues page to map your route. 

Sunday: Bouchon Yountville's 14th Annual Bastille Day 

Bouchon throws a spectacular Bastille Day party, but this year is sure to be extra special, since it's Chef Thomas Keller's 14th year celebrating July 14. In honor of the milestone, they've expanded the party, taking over the entire Edward James Courtyard and the surrounding parking lot. Expect classic French dishes such as tarte flambée and whole-roasted cochon, in addition to merguez, choucroute garnie, crêpes, and select East Coast and West Coast oysters. Euro-snacks include truffle popcorn, macarons, beignets, and Bouchon brownies. House-selected wines from France along with classic French cocktails and beer will all be featured. Sip while you enjoy live music and try to soak Chef Keller and other local personalities in a dunk tank. Tickets can be ordered online in $20, $50, $100, and $200 amounts, redeemable for food, drinks, and activities. Collect your tickets at will call on the day of the event or from the host stand. 12–8 pm, 6540 Washington St., Yountville. 

Monday: Bastille Day at the Embarcadero

Next Monday doesn't have to be such a drag if you're down for some revolutionary festivities. On July 14, Embarcadero Center will celebrate Bastille Day with an outdoor summer bash from 4–9 pm. With music by Frenchy le Freak and special guest DJs, bites from the Embarcadero Center, and drinks from Rye on the Road, continue the Independence celebrations in honor of our neighbors across the pond. Urban Patio in Two Embarcadero Center.